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RAFAT Aircrew Planning Officer and Duty Senior Supervisor

Vacancy summary

Royal Air Force
OF-3 - Lt Cdr - Maj - Sqn Ldr
Squadron Leader

11/02/2022, 23:55 

April 2022
5 years
Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Army
Pilot (FJ)
RAF Scampton
United Kingdom
FTRS - Limited Commitment

Vacancy detail

A vacancy has arisen for a Squadron Leader (Flying (FJ) to serve as RAFAT Aircrew Planning Officer and Duty Senior Supervisor at RAF Scampton (RAF Waddington from Nov 22) on Full Time Reserve Service (Limited Commitment) Terms and Conditions of Service (TCoS), with an initial proposed start date of 04 April 2022. (Note: This position will be renamed RAFAT OC Mission Support Flight (OC MSF) by the time of employment).

An exciting opportunity to join a world-renowned and high tempo RAF Squadron as the OC MSF, primarily responsible to OC RAFAT for the smooth running of the RAFAT Air Ops Cell in support of the sqn task; ensuring all transits, displays and flypasts are planned and coordinated with all necessary airfields, authorities and agencies. Playing a key role in the overall running of the sqn, OC MSF is part of the sqn executive team, utilising their extensive operational and human factors experience. You will be one of five Duty Senior Supervisors (DSS) that ensure safe operation of RAFAT flying and as the Unit Flt Safety Officer (UFSO) play an important role in the Air Safety Management System for the Unit; you will be the main PoC for the HAWK Air Safety Management Team (ASMT).

Responsibilities will include:

  • Supervision and Line management of the Flight Ops Staff consisting of Flt Lt Ops and 2 Cpl, Air and Space Operations Specialists (ASOS).
  • Monitoring the ‘heartbeat’ of the sqn, across the operational and human factor domains.
  • Acting as RAFAT Duty Authoriser during day-to-day training sorties at RAF Scampton/Waddington.
  • Oversight and assistance to the Team pilots for the planning of RAFAT transit and display sorties i.a.w. RAFAT Display Directive SOPs.
  • Assisting in the coordination and planning of the major RAFAT flypasts throughout the display season.
  • Acting as RAFAT PoC and SME for all HAMPA related issues.
  • Acting as the Unit Flight Safety Officer.
  • Acting as an ASIMS Occurrence Manager for RAFAT.
  • If required, acting as the RAFAT SERE Training Officer to provide currency training for RAFAT pilots and Circus Engineers.

Must either have been, or currently be, a Squadron Leader (Flying (FJ)) or a Flight Lieutenant (Flying (FJ)) eligible for promotion in accordance with AP 3393 Vol 1 and AP 7000. All Promotions will be ratified by means of a Promotion Board. If an applicant has been out of full-time military service and is applying for a post on promotion, they will also need to send their civilian appraisals or equivalent to evidence recent skills, knowledge and experience to be considered by the Promotion Board.   

  • Previous Sqn Duty Authoriser
  • Full Driving License
  • If not already qualified, the successful applicant must be willing to undertake:
    • MAA Flying Supervisors’ Cse
    • MAA Flight Safety Officers’ Cse
    • MAA Post Crash Management Incident Officers’ Cse
  • Command experience
  • Human Factors Facilitator
  • Any FJ Advanced Mission Planning Aid experience
  • Unit SERE Instructor (Maritime) Cse
  • Experience of Risk Assessment and Management utilising BOWTIE methodology

A Selection Board will carry out a rigorous selection process for this post, based principally on an applicant’s last 4 appraisal reports as required. Enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to:

Name: Wing Commander David Montenegro

Tel:      01522 733000 or 07721833834

Email:  Please see below

Applications.  Candidate applications, with a maximum 2-page CV (to include copies of last 4 appraisal reports as required) should be sent to:



Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (The Red Arrows)

RAF Scampton



The closing date for applications is 11 February 2022 and interviews (unless prom board required) will take place week commencing 28 February 2022.

Unless already commissioned in the Reserve Air Forces the successful applicant will be required to be commissioned in the Royal Air Force Reserves with a liability for call-out for permanent service.

The appointment is on Full Time Reserve Service (Limited Commitment) TCoS in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 Part 1 and AP3392 Vol 7 Part 3 Chapter 2 for an initial period of 5 years.

Confirmation of appointment will depend on successful completion of a RAF Medical Board.  Personnel who do not meet the Age/Permanent Joint Medical Employment Standard (PJMES) may apply for the appointment but will only be considered subject to an executive waiver process on a case-by-case basis.

Candidates who have been out of regular or reserve service for more than 5 years may be considered for this appointment.  Prior approval must be sought from the relevant Professions Advisor to confirm current, and past, experience prior to being invited to interview.

Applicants of an equivalent rank from sister Services may apply but will only be accepted into the Royal Air Force Reserves if an appropriate Professions advisor can be identified to sponsor the applicant.  The relevant Profession’s advisor approval must be agreed before the interview.

Regular Service Applicants.  Personnel currently serving in the Regular Royal Air Force should be mindful of the current Early Termination Minimum Waiting Time (MWT) for their respective Rank, Profession and ensure this MWT is compatible with the post sponsor’s proposed start date, prior to applying.

Ex-service candidates who have been administratively discharged through the QR1027 process will have their applications rejected as they are not eligible to join the RAF Reserves in accordance with AP 3391 (Vol 3, Lft 207, Annex L, Para 1a).

Pension Issues. Personnel who qualify for a service pension should take financial advice from Defence Business Services (DBS) Pensions Department on the effect that undertaking reserve service has on their pension (details can be found on the JPA splash screen). Additional guidance can also be found at Of particular note is reference to the ‘Effect of Re-employment on Commutation’.

Transition between TCoS.  Personnel taking this appointment from other TCoS should consider the impact on any accrued entitlements, such as leave, resettlement etc and should seek specialist guidance where required as certain entitlements are TCoS specific and may not be retained or transferred on transition between TCoS. 

Flexible Working Arrangements. In accordance with the Flexible Working (FW) Policy, Reserve personnel can request FW arrangements with their line manager.  Any immediate FW requirements should be agreed with the line management at the interview stage.

Individual Reinforcement Training (IRT) (Module 1) and RAF Fitness Test (RAFFT).  Reserve personnel are required to maintain currency in IRT and the RAFFT iaw the relevant TCoS.  The successful applicant will be expected to undertake IRT and the RAFFT within 6 months of commencing employment (if required).

Annual Salary and Leave.  Pay will be in accordance with the pay scales published for the reserve air forces. This position attracts Recruitment and Retention Payment (Flying). Leave entitlement is detailed in JSP 760.

Accommodation. Personnel serving on FTRS(LC/HC)/ADC TCoS are eligible to occupy Single Living Accommodation (SLA) if available, at entitled rates, if serving within the Air Command TLB.

This opportunity is closed to applications.